Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the town of Blackstone may establish a board of water and sewer commissioners consisting of five members to be appointed by the board of selectmen. The board of water and sewer commissioners shall have the powers and duties conferred on boards of water and sewer commissioners by law.
SECTION 2. Within 30 days after the effective date of this act, the board of selectmen shall appoint a board of water and sewer commissioners. Of the initial members one shall be appointed for a one year term, two shall be appointed for two year terms and two shall be appointed for three year terms. The term of office of a member shall commence immediately upon qualification and shall expire on June 30 of the last year of the term or upon appointment of a successor. On July 1 of each year thereafter, the board of selectmen shall appoint members to three year terms to expire on June 30 of the last year of the term, or upon appointment of a successor.
SECTION 3. This act shall be submitted for acceptance to the voters of the town of Blackstone at an annual town election in the form of the following question which shall be placed on the official ballot to be used for the election of town officers at said election: "Shall an act passed by the general court in the year 2000 entitled 'An Act establishing an appointed water and sewer commission in the town of Blackstone', be accepted?" If a majority of the votes cast in answer to said question is in the affirmative, this act shall take effect, but not otherwise.
SECTION 4. Section 3 of this act shall take effect upon its passage.